A Bit About the Training
The Licensed Lay Ministry (Reader) training has been designed on an apprenticeship model. You will be studying theory and putting it into practice, both as part of the sessions you will find online, and in your practice placement area (ie your home church). This means you will be working closely with your incumbent (or the equivalent in a Vacancy) and your leadership team. During the first year of the course you will also be required to work with a Vocations Adviser (VA). Information on how to find a VA is provided in the information pack which you can download here.
There are no formal educational requirement but you will need the ability to think and reflect critically and theologically. You will also need the written support of your incumbent (or equivalent in a vacancy) and, for the second year, the written support of your PCC and Vocations Advisor.
Mode of Delivery
Each module consists of 7 sessions that you complete at home and 3 Saturday study days (one at the beginning, one in the middle and one at the end). For the sessions you complete at home you will either need a computer, tablet or mobile phone with a decent internet connection. You will not be required to submit any written work unless you choose to. There are two assignments for each module, one is always practical and must be presented and videoed, the other may be recorded or written as you choose.
There is no professional or academic qualification on completion of the course, but you will be licensed by the Bishop as an LLM(Reader) in your parish/benefice.
The first two modules cost a flat fee of £25 each,payable prior to commencement of each one. The rest of the modules are free of charge.